Victoria tops Prince George 5-3 to take 1-0 series lead

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(ISN) – Victoria, BC- The Victoria Royals scored four second period goals to defeat the Prince George Cougars 5-3 and take a 1-0 series lead in the Western Conference Quarter-Finals.

The Royals trailed the Cougars 2-0 after 20 minutes before Brandon Magee netted his first career WHL playoff hat-trick and Greg Chase scored a highlight reel goal to give Victoria the 4-2 lead after two periods. Taylor Crunk tallied an empty net goal for the Royals in the final frame. The Cougars’ Tate Olson and Chase Witala both scored in the opening period and Kody McDonald added a goal in the third period.

Victoria netminder Coleman Vollrath turned aside 28 of the 31 shots he faced for his first career post-season win. Prince George countered with Ty Edmonds who stopped 20 of 24 shots.

Victoria went 0/3=0.0% with the man advantage, while Prince George held a 3/4=75.0% mark.